Thursday, December 31, 2015

Book - Ruins of empire

Back in the UK, almost the first thing Gek and I did was to join the local library. But this book I read in Singapore whilst awaiting our leaving date. A very interesting look at the Islamic, Hindu and Confucian views of  humanity and their struggle to understand the runaway success of a seemingly chaotic Western Enlightenment view coupled with the attendant industrial revolution.  al-Afghani for Islam, Liang for Confucianism and Rabindranath Tagore for Hinduism; all three looked to Japan as a model for reaping the benefits the West had to offer without losing control of their own  societies, ie without democratising .  They are still struggling with this puzzle even today, The Islamic State is currently using Western invention and production with it's Jeeps, guns, missiles, computers, the internet etc. whilst at the same time trying to destroy the system that gives them clout.  Hopefully, we are perhaps seeing the death throws of extremist views, extremist views on anything.  But I will not hold my breath.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Gek at Christmas

What to say?  Some people enjoy the strangest things.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Darwen Visit.

During a brief break in the atrocious weather, we took a stroll through Sunnyhurst Wood,   the place I use to come sail my boats as a lad.

The mock Tudor cafe still in business.

Water, water everywhere.

Potter's Gate, the summer holiday's meeting place with my first girl friend, Pat, back in 1960.  Memories are made of this.

Saturday, December 26, 2015


Photo taken 2013
Sadly, my uncle Granville passed away on the 22nd.  Regretfully we didn't get up to Darwen to see him since we have been back in country.  RIP Granville.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015


Jenny in her Doctorate get up, 1993.  Ten years ago today, Jenny died.  She may be gone but will never be forgotten.

Thursday, December 03, 2015

Our New Wheels

Isn't she great?  Well, Gek is wonderful,  the car is just great.  With plenty of room for four passengers and fold-forward rear seats for carrying our 'kit' at other times, this little monster fits the bill a treat.

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

The Knap, Barry.

A much bleaker day than when we were last here in the summer of '13.  The sea was as grey as the pebbled beach.

The tidal reach here is quite something, 30 ft?

The grass everywhere is almost luminescent and seems to be still growing.  It may be very wet, but it is relatively mild.

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Clowning Around

Polly came to stay the night on her way to a work related event in Bridgend the next day.  Well, I do like sausages, what to say?